12 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Lovely clean hotel - quiet and relaxing
"I stayed here the first week in July with my teenage sons.
Modern hotel, extremely clean, the staff were all friendly and attentive.
We had a family room with air conditioning which consisted of a large living room with corner sofa (used as extra bed) fridge, dining table and flat screen TV, bedroom with two singles and flat screen tv, large bathroom had walk in shower and hydro massage bath, each room had patio doors leading onto the terrace with views over the Tsambiki mountains - lovely. The beds were very comfortable, spare pillows and bedding were in the wardrobe if needed.
Pool area was clean, music from the pool bar (only bar) and direct access to the restaurant with dining tables outside which was good as there wasn't any air conditioning inside the main Hotel areas. The food was not really to my taste, pasta and chips with a choice of three others, my teenage sons liked the food so I didn't mind. Selection of drinks, salads and deserts.
Pool bar has Air hockey and two pool tables.
Nices beaches were a short walk away although we didn't make it down there often as the weather was extremely hot in early July.The main resort was a ten minute walk away and consisted of Cafes, bars and shops, we walked down there on a few evenings and found it to be a very nice relaxing place.
We went on a boat trip to Lindos but not through the tour operators as there prices were a lot dearer than just catching a boat from the beach. We went with Kolymbia Express and I would recommend using them as it was the owner of the boat who took us and he was a very interesting character who made the trip for us, stopping at lovely beaches on the way back so we could swim off the boat in the gorgeous sea.
My son and I also hired push bikes one evening for a couple of hours which was really nice, cycling around the resort which had little traffic.
I would recommend this Hotel, my sons did find it a little boring but because it was so small I felt comfortable leaving them to their own devices, our room was a minute from the pool so they stayed inside with the air con playing on their PS3's during the scorching mid day sun.
Everyone staying in our Hotel was British and it proved to me that it's not only the Germans who get up early to reserve their sunbeds!"
- Travel date: Mon 2nd of August 2010
Friendly hotel- great for children
"We stayed for two weeks with our 4 and 6 year old children. We all had a great time- the pool was quite big and great for learning to swim. The hotel only has 40 rooms so it is a small complex which meant the children could wander around in a safe environment. We had a family room which had two bedrooms and a nice bathroom. Very comfortable! The hotel is a short walk from the town and there is a free bus to the beach. It is a good base to explore Rhodes and visit the many beautiful beaches.
The staff were all very friendly and helpful."
- Travel date: Fri 30th of July 2010
well worth a visit
"We have just come to the end of our stay here and it has been brilliant. The staff are friendly as a small hotel and you feel you get a more personnal touch. Flora who is front of house is a personal favourite and my children love her. A particular high with the children in mind is the afternoon all you can eat ice cream and mini biscuits. This is sure to be a winner with any family with children. The rooms are spacious and cleaned very well everyday. The food seems to come on a consitent basis, and is to varied and well presented. All in all a great choice for a relaxing break with or indeed without children. There are also lots of bars to go for drinks if you fancy a change of scene."
- Travel date: Fri 23rd of July 2010
Fantastic Anavadia Hotel and Rhodes
"We booked the Anavadia Hotel because we wanted a hotel and resort that looked good and is located in a quiet area.
We were very happy when we arrived in the early hours of the morning, to a lovely looking water walkway into the hotel, a nice reception, and a friendly efficient checkin.
We booked a family room for 2, which was lovely. The hotel has been recently modernised and tastefully so.
It was lovely to wake up in the morning and look around the hotel, see the view of the hills, and walk around the resort, which is made up of other hotels, bars, and there are 3 beaches to choose from, all in walking distance.
The staff in the Anavadia are fantastic. They are friendly, helpful and hard working. Nothing is too much effort. The rooms are clean as it everywhere in the hotel.
They had ITV so my husband could watch the world cup and this was fun with mixed nationalities. Its a small hotel with only 40 rooms so you get to know a number of people which is nice.
The pool area is nice and cosy, amble beds to lay on. It does get very windy, but it didnt bother us.
The food was nice and there was plenty of choice of drinks (part of the all inclusive)
Its mainly for adults - there were a couple of children but there is no much for children to do in this hotel at the moment.
We hired a car for 2 days which we really recommend. Kolymbia is a great location to do the southern part on one day and the northern part of the island on the 2nd day. We booked through reception, rather than using Olympic as it was much cheaper.
FAB, FAB, FAB HOLIDAY AND HOTEL"
- Travel date: Wed 14th of July 2010
chilled out holiday
"We stayed at the Anavadia from 23rd-30th June
The hotel looks great when you arrive, very boutique and new, we were met with a friendly welcome on arrival, and given our room, we were asked if we would stay in a family room over night as a room with a balcony , which we had asked for was unavailable until the next night. we were happy to do this, and we were rewarded with a massive room. It was very modern, had a huge bathroom, bedroom and lounge area, with sofa and table and chairs.
Next day we moved to a upstairs double room, which was smaller but equally as nice,
Flora at reception was so helpful, and showed us available rooms, so we could choose, we were then helped with our luggage to move rooms, nothing is to much trouble, and everyone at the hotel is so willing to help you.
Everything is immaculately clean, the rooms, the garden, the pool.
The whole place has a friendly chilled out feeling, the same staff are always there and are very friendly, it feels like a houseparty,
We were impressed with the pool area, there are very nice loungers to use, and the bar was just a stones throw away.
The food in the restaurant was ok, quite repetitive,and sometimes unusual, but there was always something to enjoy. the restaurant staff were fantastic, always attentive and the restaurant was immaculately clean. They work really hard,
Evenings were quiet, but you could always walk to the town, where there are a few tavernas etc.
But really it is such a chillout hotel, that you just wanted to sit and have a drink at the bar or on the sofas.
We had a wonderful chilled out time, which was our goal, lazy days at the pool and quiet evenings so it worked well for us, the hotel is wonderful, and friendly, and I would like to be there now.
Thanks Anavadia for a great holiday"
- Travel date: Sat 10th of July 2010
"Myself & my boyfriend have just returned from a 2 weeks holiday at the Anavadia and it was a fantastic hotel!
Reading the previous reviews I don't know how people could complain about music been too loud because it wasn't, it was a lovely relaxing holiday.... but each to their own!
The only thing that we got bored of was the food it was similar things each day, but since the hotel has only 40 rooms what can you really expect! The staff were all very friendly and couldn't do enough for you.
The beach is a long walk only if you go the furthest one away, we found one which was just over the road about a 5 minute walk and the sea was such clearer here.
I would definetly recomend this hotel and would book again in the future, all in all a great holiday. The jeep safari trip was excellent and would also go on this again."
- Travel date: Mon 28th of June 2010
A little disappointed!
"We booked a last minute break to celebrate my husband's birthday. Having read a few reviews immediately prior to our departure, we were expecting a quiet relaxing break - unfortunately it did not quite live up to it. There seemed to be a need to pump out 'thumpety thumpety' music day + night around the pool area which was not exactly conducive to relaxation - I did on one occasion request the bar-man to play something a bit more melodic and it did improve. I would also say that it was definitely not a place for young people or children as it did not cater for this group at all. Another negative was the location as it was a bit away from the pebbly beach and even further to the sandy one, however the hotel did provide a shuttle service if you wanted. When we first arrived the hotel was pretty quiet but seemed to fill up towards the end and it seemed rather pushed to cope at full capacity. We noticed the pool, restaurant and communal areas in particular got very crowded and there was a lack of comfortable seating. There were positives!! The staff were on the whole pleasant and accomodating, the food was good, rooms more than adequate and for us who don't like to be tied to the hotel, the trips and beaches were very good. We went on three trips in the week we were there including a boat trip to Lindos, an island tour and a visit to Rhodes town which are musts. We also spent a couple of very enjoyable evenings at Vassili's Bar near our hotel. We loved the island, the people and the food and would return to Rhodes but not the Anavadia."
- Travel date: Thu 24th of June 2010
Lovely hotel - Excellent staff
"We have just returned from a weeks holiday in the Anavadia. We had a fantastic time in luxurious rooms with staff who couldn't do enough to help you. The food within the hotel was excellent, and there are plenty of tavernas nearby for those who which to eat out. Our only regret was that we didn't book for 2 weeks!"
- Travel date: Tue 15th of June 2010
Total relaxation in a beautiful setting with totally dedicated staff.
"My wife and I booked this holiday to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We were due to stay at the Rodos Star in Afandou but due to it not opening were asked to transfer to the Anavadia. How lucky were we!!! The hotel has recently been renovated and the pictures on the web site really do represent what it is like which made a pleasant change. There are only 40 rooms which makes it sound small but actually it made a very spacious hotel. The bedrooms are large, modern and very comfortable with a fridge, safe, hairdryer, flat screen TV internet point and telephone all in your room. Being the first people to stay since the renovations there were a couple of niggles like a leaky shower mentioned in the other review, but once made aware the staff were very grateful and said they would be fixing it. We did not tell them until we were leaving as it was not really a major problem as the floor is fully tiled and has a drain so could be a wet room.
As it was the start of the season the total number of people at the hotel was only 30 whilst we were staying there, which I think may have been a reason the choice at some of the meals may have seemed monotonous, but there was plenty to eat and we never found that we went hungry. As there were only 30 people I do not know how they could afford to do all inclusive and offer a wider selection of food. I think if you stay at big hotels where yes there are 10 different main courses but they are not as well cooked and the service is much poorer. There was never a queue for the bar and the staff worked really hard to make sure that they provided great service.
The pool area was lovely with plenty of space, sunbeds and parasols. We spent the majority of our time there as all we wanted was to chill out in the sun and read.
We did adventure out into Kolymbia and it is a small resort without the mass of bars like you get in Faliraki but that is what we wanted. Rhodes seems to be inundated with Car and scooter hire places but with help from staff we found out that you could also hire pushbikes from directly across the road from the hotel. We did this and on the recommendation of the receptionist Flora rode out to Seven Springs (Epta Piges) a beautiful natural spring in a gorge which you can walk up to the taverna at the top for a refreshing drink and food. The bikes only cost five euros each for the full day and although not the sort Lance Armstrong would ride they were perfect for what we wanted.
All in all if you want a small hotel with great service then this has to be the one."
- Travel date: Mon 17th of May 2010
Small, Peaceful and Relaxing!!
"My boyfriend and I have Just returned from a lovely weeks holiday at the Anavadia Hotel. I must admit we were a little dubious about going as you can see there are no reviews on this hotel but the reason is we were literally the first people to use it. It was the very start of the season and there were about 12 people there.
The hotel is lovely. The rooms are modern and clean, the only down side really is the leaky shower but its not that much of a big deal. If you cant put up with it then use the Jacuzzi bath!! The pool area is very nice and where we lived all week soaking up the sun. The pool is good but cold but it was a welcome break to the blistering MAY sun.
Food is ok, breakfast was decent where you got you tea, coffee, hot chocolate and juices. Lunch was good but dinner tended to get a bit boring and was very much the same as what you had for lunch. The food served was nice and cooked well just got a little monotonous.
Mid afternoon there was ice cream and cakes.
The all-inclusive drinks menu consisted of your basic spirits and a draught beer along with usual soft drinks, tea and coffee, which ran from 1000-2300.
If you wanted milkshakes, cocktails, Smirnoff ice, red bull etc these were at a cost.
RESORT â KOLYMBIA
On the first night we had a walk round and found there was not a great deal to do, a lot of hotels were either shut due to very start of the season or derelict. It was very much a ghost town. The bars that were open were very nice; the people were extremely friendly and could not do enough for you.
It is a good base if you are there to explore the island pretty much in the middle; it took about 20 mins by coach to get to Lindos.
We had a fantastic holiday, but depends what you want from it. If you are there for a quiet relaxing break and to soak up the sun then Hotel Anavadia is the place to stay. It is small and personal and we met some lovely people.
If you want hustle and bustle and a party atmosphere then this would not be the place for you."
- Travel date: Fri 14th of May 2010
cheap but not cheerful
"the hotel is very clean .the staff are very nice and reception staff helpful.rooms quiet large but the finish is rubbish nails sticking out of mirror to hold it up.the meals ok .the pool very small and now i know what they mean by cold . the drinks in bar are very weak .could do with more lighting in bar area on night (take o candle with you) no air con in main building bar inside no longer in use good points you can have free use of iron and board . their no entertainment in hotel only a couple of bars within short walk antonio cocktail very good 2 for 1 all night and proper measures the main town centre 25 min walk only hope you dont get family groups like what we had with loads of noisey kids then your holiday is kind of spoilt if you didnt have motor to escape to tsambika beach "
- Travel date: Fri 26th of August 2011
Anavadia Hotel, Kolymbia, Rhodes
"I stayed for a week in this Hotel - it is 4 star and very luxurious. The rooms are fantastic although only a small hotel the food was good and well presented however not a lot of choice. All the areas of the hotel were very clean and well presented. The pool was clean - plenty of sun loungers for everyone so no need to bag one early.
The only thing that I would say negatively is that there was no entertainment at night. The pool bar was open from 10 am to 11pm (all inclusive) then till 1am (pay). We just made our own entertainment and had a really good time with the other guests who ranged from their early 20's to late 50's. We had some really fun nights.
If you want a quiet relaxing holiday then this is the place for you - if you want to party then go stay in Faliraki.
It is a short walk to a stoney beach (600m) or if you go a little further turn left from the hotel and take the second right down London Street there is a lovely sandy beach with a beach cafe that sells food and drinks at a very reasonable price.
Close to the service bus stop too that can take you to Lindos, Rhodes Town, Faliraki and Tsampika beach. Also a free bus 5 times each day to take you to anyone of the 3 beaches at Kolymbia. There isn't much open in the town till about 4pm then it comes alive in the town with plenty of bars and places to eat. The island is very run down but this is due to the greek economy at the moment so you may see quite a few businesses that have closed down and houses are laying derelict. It is a great shame as the scenerary is fantastic but if we keep going then just maybe the economy on the island will improve. The people are so friendly and accomodating and the staff at the hotel cannot do enough for you. Especially Anna in the restaurant. Well worth a visit
- Travel date: Tue 14th of September 2010